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Rebecca chapters 4-6 - There's always time for a book
Rebecca chapters 4-6
I'm finding it hard to get a grip on the novel and the narrator. I'm not sure if it's because of reading it in little chunks or because the feeling in this part was different. There was decidedly less romance in these chapters - Max came across as precoccupied in a moody kind of way compared to mysterious and suave. In the first three chapters the future looked bleak compared to an idyllic past, but that past is looking less happy now after the less than romantic proposal and the persistent sick feeling in the narrator's stomache.

How old is she anyway? I had 19 in my head and she acts very young all the time, such as when she's picturing her happy life in her postcard house, doesn't understand Mrs Van Hopper's insinuations she's been sleeping with Max and goes running to Max to make it all better.

Strange that someone who so admired her parent's loving relationship would settle for a cold proposal and recognise there was no mention of love. Does the dream of the house squish her knowledge this is a bad move?

Off to Bookshelves of Doom to see what others thought.

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philia_fan From: philia_fan Date: November 14th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm enjoying your comments and those on Bookshelves of Doom, especially about the narrator's shyness, awkwardness, and youth. The book is so very much ABOUT all that, and what it means, and how real it is, and romance versus reality and so forth. If you ask me, everyone's reacting exactly the way the author probably wanted readers to react.
emmaco From: emmaco Date: November 14th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does this mean Leila's right and she IS untrustworthy and is soon going to be sawing off Max's head with a butter knife? That would be way cooler than hanging about with no name.

It's very strange to be sharing thoughts on a story as I read it. Especially as nearly everyone else HAS read it so can sit there chortling away at my misconceptions :)
philia_fan From: philia_fan Date: November 15th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Uh, no to the sawing off of heads. I'm not sure I'd say she was "untrustworthy," but there are definitely layers.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: November 14th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Remember, this is actually not a romance novel. It takes the form of the Gothik going clear back to Maria Edgeworth, but it plays with the form, bigtime.
leilathegreat From: leilathegreat Date: November 15th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Especially as nearly everyone else HAS read it so can sit there chortling away at my misconceptions."

Right? Right? It's driving me bats!
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